State of the Union Speechwriting
Speechwriters from the George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush administrations previewed President Obama’s State of the Union address. Other topics included the mechanics of writing the State of the Union address, the influence of new media on the speech, as well an examination of the Republican response. They answered questions from audience members following their discussion. close
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Jason S. Grumet President Bipartisan Policy Center
Vinca LaFleur Speech Writer (Former) White House
Bob Lehrman Speech Writer
John McConnell Speech Writer (Former) White House->Office of the Vice President
Chriss Winston Director (Former) White House->Office of Speechwriting
Richard Wolffe Political Analyst MSNBC
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Senate Leaders on State of the Union Address
Senators Reid and McConnell spoke about the president’s State of the Union address anticipated later in the evening.
State of the Union Reaction
Following the State of the Union Address, C-SPAN opened its phone lines to take viewer reaction.
Telephone lines were open for comments on President Obama’s previous night State of the Union address.
Senator McConnell on State of the Union
Senator McConnell (R-KY) spoke about his reactions to the president’s State of the Union address the previous evening.